Good for you! Happy to hear you are doing well.
Confessions of a former sugar=holic :) I could up your pie and eat the cake too.
For me, there was definately an emotional component, and no off button.
I can say I'm a lot better now. I actually didn't buy any Halloween candy this year (which is a first for me), because, you know, Halloween candy is for passing out to the kids - except we stopped passing out the candy to the kids a few years ago, but I didn't stop buying the candy
Just a bag and sometimes I shared LOL.
I'll share what helped me, but we are all different and food issues I think are so different for everyone. When they are tied to emotions it is difficult to get a handle on, and I am not perfect.
Last year I tried the Dr. Berg's Intermittent Fasting, but before that I had (I thought) stopped eating sugar. I used sugar substitute in my coffee and I didn't eat bread. But I did eat a lot of take out and packaged foods and there are hidden sugars in a lot of that stuff.
When I started the intermittent fasting, the first phase I tried was just to stop snacking. I was a snacker. I was so hungry when I came home from work I would eat and eat, there was this hole I was tring to fill up (at least that is what it always felt like). I don't know where it came from, or why. I was just starving, but I could eat and there was no off button.
With the intermittent fasting, the 1st phase is to just eat 3 meals a day and no snacks, but there is no restriction on what you can eat. So I told myself, I am not going to change what i am eating, and I can save my snacks for dinner. Sounds awful, but thats what I did. Instead of snacking when I came home, I saved my snacks for after dinner. And when I was hungry, I drank water. And who knew, I was thirsty. Once I had some water, the hunger went away. I think I was so out of touch with my signals, I didn't realize I was thirsty instead of hungry (I was not a fan of water.)
Oh, and I stopped eating breakfast. When I heard I didn't have to eat breakfast, it was like a lightbulb went off. There was a time in my life i never ate breakfast. I just wasn't hungry for breakfast. That was the time when I didn't have a weight issue, or a sugar issue. Then all the diets tell you you must eat breakfast, or you'll be too hungry later on, so I started eating breakfast.
I stopped eating breakfast, and ate lunch and dinner (and my snack directly after dinner) and that was the start to getting control of the sugar. Because I wasn't spiking insulin 5 times a day, just twice, all the sudden I wasn't hungry between meals, and sometimes I wasn't even hungry at the meal.
I couldn't eat as much - I would get halfway through dinner and I couldn't finish it.
Phase II is no sugar. No sugar and anything that turns into sugar (breads, pastas, cereals, rice, potatoes (starchy carbs), alcohol, etc). I had no idea carbs turned into sugar - maybe I forgot along the way somewhere, or maybe I never heard that before.
And in order to get more potassium to help my liver, you have to eat 7 - 10 cugs of vegees per day. That's a lot of vegees.
So I did my best. I am still a work in process.
What I found was, I starting tasting food again. Once I took the sugar away, my vegees tasted awesome. I really couldn't believe how good my food tasted.
So I am on the same journey with sugar. It is finding things to replace the sugars that is the key. I didn't have a problem not eating bread, because it's ok, but I could take it or leave it. My sister, on the other hand, craves bread and anything that is bread, and it is much more difficult for her. My thing is sweets.
Eating lots of salads and good fats and (limited) amounts of protein is really what our bodies are designed to eat. All the other stuff is processed and hard for our bodies to figure out what to do with it.
Here's another video from Dr. Berg. (Oh no, not another video!) He has so many videos on sugar.
but it explains why potassium is so important, and if I don't eat enough vegees, I don't get enough potassium and my food is stored as fat - yikes.
So cheers from a sugar-holic - it is getting easier for me, but it only takes me eating one thing that is loaded with sugar, and back I go to square one again. That is my take-away from the holidays. I was doing great, until I made an apple pie. What was I thinking??? Then I was back on the sugar wagon again. It's like alcohol. Some people can have a drink and take it or leave it and some people can't. I'm like that with sugar, I think. It is instant cravings, if I allow myself to eat that thing...